Restore Us, O God (Psalm 80)

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From far off in heaven, O Lord, lend an ear,

You led us before, but we misbehaved.

The angels surround you. It’s not like that here.

Restore us, O God. Shine your face, make us saved. 

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How long will your anger respond to our prayers?

Our enemies laugh, and they are depraved.

The news that we get is of failure and scares.

Restore us, O God. Shine your face, make us saved. 

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Our ancestors settled in other folks’ space.

We call ourselves free, we name ourselves brave.

We’re deeply divided by genders and race.

Restore us, O God. Shine your face, make us saved. 

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We’ve trusted in oceans and agents and walls.  

We crumble within, from what we became. 

The beastliness that we had hidden now calls.

Restore us, O God. Shine your face, make us saved. 

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So turn again, look down from heaven and see,

the people you made, the love you displayed. 

We’re no longer brave, and we’re no longer free.

Restore us, O God. Shine your face, make us saved. 

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Please gather us back to a place at your side,

Redeem us from weakness and from disgrace. 

We’ll never turn back for in you is our life.

Restore us, O God. Shine your face, make us saved.


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Source:  Psalm 80

Text:  © David Alexander, 2020

Tune:  St. Merryn  

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF-2010/DisposerSupreme-StMerryn.pdf

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